|Created by||Abel Santa Cruz|
|Theme music composer||
Memo Méndez Guiu|
|Opening theme||Chispita by Timbiriche|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||200|
|Executive producer(s)||Valentín Pimstein|
|Cinematography||Manuel Ruiz Esparza|
|Running time||21-22 minutes|
|Original network||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Original release||November 11, 1982 – August 19, 1983|
|Preceded by||Déjame vivir|
|Followed by||Un solo corazón|
Andrea Celeste (1979)|
Luz Clarita (1996)
Chispita (English title: Little Spark) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Valentín Pimstein for Televisa in 1982. It's an original story by Abel Santa Cruz, the telenovela is a remake of the 1979 Argentinean telenovela Andrea Celeste.
Lucero starred as child protagonist, Angélica Aragón and Enrique Lizalde starred as adult protagonists, Usi Velasco starred as co-protagonist, Alma Delfina and Leonardo Daniel starred as young co-protagonists, while Renata Flores starred as main antagonist.
María Luisa and her husband had terrible car accident, her husband dies and she lost her memory completely and she is not able to remember anything at all. After this incident, María Luisa didn't remember she had a daughter, Isabel, who became an orphan and is taken to the orphanage of the Father Eugenio where she starts to live and grow. When Isabel is 10 years old, she was adopted by Don Alejandro, a respectable man, widower and with 2 children, Juan Carlos y Lilí.
When Isabel is taken home, she meets Gloria, the maid, who become her friend just like Juan Carlos, but it doesn't happen the same with Lilí and the Miss Irene, Lili's tutor, they make the life impossible to Isabel. Like a miracle Bertha appears, María Luisa's sister, and she contacts Isabel and convince her to look for her mother due to her strange disappearance. Meanwhile, María Luisa decides to name herself as Lucía due to her lack of memory and she get a job in the orphanage of Father Eugenio. When Isabel meets Lucía, they befriend each other, without knowing the familiar ties.
- Lucero as Isabel "Chispita"
- Enrique Lizalde as Don Alejandro de la Mora
- Angélica Aragón as Lucía/María Luisa
- Usi Velasco as Liliana "Lili" de la Mora
- Roxana Chávez as Olga
- Aurora Clavel as Flora
- Elsa Cárdenas as Sister Socorro
- Leonardo Daniel as Juan Carlos de la Mora
- Alma Delfina as Gloria
- Josefina Escobedo as Directora
- Rogelio Guerra as Esteban
- Javier Herranz as Braulio
- Manuel López Ochoa as José
- Alberto Mayagoitía as Guardian Angel
- Inés Morales as Pilar
- Beatriz Moreno as Lola
- Nailea Norvind as Sarita
- Renata Flores as Irene
- Marta Resnikoff as Alicia
- Roberto Sosa as Pecas
- Gastón Tuset as Father Eugenio
- Jorge Victoria as Benito
- Aurora Cortés as Jesusa
- Samuel Molina as Rogelio
- Leticia Calderón
- Arturo Peniche
- Oscar Sánchez as Dr. Solís
- Hilda Aguirre as Aunt Beatriz
- Dina de Marco
- Rafael del Villar
- Lorena Rivero as Mabel
- Marco Muñoz as Dr. Torres
- Lucero León
- David Rencoret
- Lucero Lander as Dora
- Socorro Bonilla
- Violet Gabriel
|1983||1st TVyNovelas Awards||Best Child Performance||Lucero||Won|
|Azteca de Oro Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance|
Reception and music
Due to its international success, it was decided to make a special album by Timbiriche that included the main theme. However, Lucerito did not sing the theme, but in a special performance by Timbiriche and Lucerito, they sing it together. The soundtrack was recorded in Spanish and Portuguese languages. In Brazil, this telenovela has been broadcast 8 times and Chispita dolls has been sold.
Chispita's opening credits is almost a copy of another opening credits: Pai Herói (Lit. Father Hero) also had its episodes beginning with a jigsaw puzzle being assembled, of which the pictures was a child in a garden, beyond others resemblances. Pai Herói is a Brazilian telenovela produced in 1979 by Rede Globo, and written by Janete Clair. It was a great success in Brazil. Brazilian watchers noted that fact in 1984, when SBT had exhibited Chispita in the country.
The jigsaw intro has the curious point that it was never completed specially in a specific part of the board, but in the progress of the story, new pieces were added and in the last episodes a shaded form appears as a woman walking with Chispita. After the revelation of Chispita's mother identity the shade changed to a full color image of Chispita's mother.